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adjective, roil·i·er, roil·i·est.
  1. turbid; muddy.
  2. turbulent.
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Origin of roily

First recorded in 1815–25; roil + -y1
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Related Words for roily

cloudy, confused, dark, dense, dim, dismal, dull, dusky, foggy, gloomy, heavy, indefinite, indistinct, leaden, lowering, misty, mucky, muddy, murky, mushy

Examples from the Web for roily

Historical Examples of roily

  • The grass very tender and succulent, the streams full and roily.

    Fresh Fields

    John Burroughs

  • The water was not roily, but of a rich coffee-color, from the leachings of the woods.

  • No; I need a buckler till all this roily water subsides and clears.

  • His own thoughts were as that roily pool where he had ducked the old man in the darkness.

    In Exile and Other Stories

    Mary Hallock Foote

  • The water was choppy and roily, the canoe bobbed a good deal, the anchors dragged, and we did not see any fish.

British Dictionary definitions for roily


adjective roilier or roiliest
  1. rare cloudy or muddy
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